Millton Morema, the embattled executive mayor of Bushbuckridge, will know in seven months' time whether his murder case will be reinstated.
This follows a ruling by the Pretoria high court yesterday to extend its interim court order that requests Minister of Safety and Security Charles Nqakula and the directorate of public prosecutions to give reasons why the charges against Morema should be reinstated.
The court postponed the matter to February 9 2009, when the respondents will have to give their reasons.
Morema, Lakios Mosoma and Erasmus Makhubele are accused of murdering Jeffrey Sedibe in 2003 when he allegedly demanded part of his R17000 payment for killing Motion Mashile.
The three men had allegedly hired Sedibe to kill Mashile, a teacher from Greenvalley near Acornhoek, because he was Morema's political rival.
Senior magistrate George Risimati on May 27 struck the charges off the roll after raising concerns that charges could have been motivated by politics.
The police later obtained a warrant to rearrest the three and take them to the Polokwane regional court, but instead of doing that the accused rushed to the high court to interdict the police.